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Stadalsky: Minooka applauds officers for lifesaving act

Minooka police officers Erik Larson and Brett Herzog are honored with lifesaving awards by Police Chief Justin Meyer and Mayor Pat Brennan.
Minooka police officers Erik Larson and Brett Herzog are honored with lifesaving awards by Police Chief Justin Meyer and Mayor Pat Brennan.

Minooka Police Chief Justin Meyer presented two police officers with lifesaving awards for stopping a man from jumping to his death in May of this year.

Officers Brett Herzog and Erik Larson responded to a call May 21 about a man in his early 20s sitting on the outside ledge of the Minooka Road bridge over Interstate 80, threatening to jump into traffic, Meyer said.

Although the man yelled for officers to get away, Herzog began talking and communicating with him. While his attention was diverted, Larson acted quickly and secured the man.

“Both of your acts, while in the line of duty, resulted in saving this man’s life,” Meyer said.

After the meeting, Mayor Pat Brennan said the officers might have saved other lives that could have been jeopardized if the man had hit a car or if a crash had occurred on the interstate.

“This is just another example of our officers saving lives and doing a great job,” Brennan said. “The way they did that was amazing.”

Four people were saved in 2016 by Minooka police officers, Brennan said.

Both Larson and Herzog are veteran officers.

Annexation amendment reduces lanes on McLindon Road

Minooka trustees unanimously approved an amendment to the annexation agreement to reduce the number of lanes from four to three on the McLindon Road widening project.

Molto Properties purchased the 79-acre parcel along McLindon Road from Rock-Minooka LLC in 2016 with the intent to develop a 1.3-million-square-foot industrial building. Molto is required to improve McLindon Road, per the original annexation agreement.

“McLindon probably doesn’t warrant four lanes,” Village Administrator Dan Duffy said. “It’s more in line [for it] to be three lanes.”

Molto is entitled to recapture up to 58.59 percent of the cost of road improvements from owners, users and developers of the parcel.

The amendment also requires Molto to install LED streetlights as required by a village ordinance. The cost will be a 50/50 split between the developer and the village.

With the start of the project, McLindon Road heading south from Minooka Road to the CSX Railroad will be closed between Sept. 5 and Dec. 1. Detour routes will be posted on the village’s website.

Investment return on lighting conversion 68 percent

Low bidder Power Energy Solutions was awarded the third phase of Minooka’s streetlight conversion to LED lighting at a cost of $174,792.

The conversion has been ongoing for a couple years, Brennan said, and Public Works Superintendent Ryan Anderson was at the forefront of the project before many municipalities began the change.

Minooka’s investment is $257,000, but with $161,000 in grants, the cost was reduced to $96,555 for all three phases, Anderson said.

The project will pay for itself in less than two years, and the village will see a 68 percent return on its investment because of energy and maintenance savings, he said.

Knights will solicit donations

The Knights of Columbus received full board approval to solicit donations from vehicles from dawn to dusk Sept. 16 at the corner of Wabena Avenue and McEvilly Road.

This is the second year that the Knights requested the permit for that corner; in the past, the group had preferred the corner of Ridge Road and Mondamin Street, the busiest intersection in the village.

Trustees agreed to no longer allow any vehicle solicitations on Ridge and Mondamin last year because of safety concerns. So far, the move has been a success for the Knights.

“They did this last year, and it worked out well for them. They were happy with the donations,” Brennan said. “We didn’t have any complaints.”

Short-term fix for drainage problems in Chestnut Ridge

Trustees approved an engineering agreement with Robinson Engineering at a cost not to exceed $24,400 that will help with drainage problems in the Chestnut Ridge subdivision.

Residents experience flooding problems each time there are heavy rains because of runoff from an adjacent field. Until the property is developed, the problem will continue, Duffy said.

• Kris Stadalsky writes about people and topics in areas southwest of Joliet. Reach her at writestuff56@comcast.net.

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